"We're trying to bring back a winning culture," Parker said. "With this coaching staff, they've really done a great job of doing things the right way. "No one likes to lose. At Colorado, we have a lot of athletes that are hungry and ready to win. I think winning is coming sooner than later."
The Buffaloes are looking towards the future with sophomore quarterback Sefo Liufau returning under center after earning the starting job as a true freshman last season. He’s surrounded by a talented pool of wide receivers including Nelson Spruce, Bryce Bobo, Lee Walker, Devin Ross, Shay Fields and Arizona State Sun Devils transfer Josiah Blandin.
"We hear about the losing and it's something we try to block out," Spruce said. "We were in a lot of games last year, and I think we're pretty comfortable that we have the ability to play with these (Pac-12) teams. Now, let's start executing and playing up to our abilities and prove we belong in this conference."
"Our thought with Juda was he played well at defensive end (but) his abilitieswould translate better inside," MacIntyre said on Thursday before he, Parker and receiver Nelson Spruce took their respective turns fielding questions at the Pac-12 Conference’s annual media gathering.
Explained Parker: "During winter workouts the coaches saw I was lifting hard, making strides. The coaches saw where my strengths are and said to help you and get you more active and make more plays, you’d be more effective as a defensive tackle."
MacIntyre said offensive coaches were able to tweak the offense during the offseason to better suit the abilities of quarterback Sefo Liufau. These are not major schematic changes, but more subtle details meant to help Liufau be at his best. "Now you go, 'Wow, he's really good at this. He's really good at that.' So those are things we will call more and try to utilize more and help build on his strengths."
"I think it sets a standard all through fall camp that we are pushing for that game," MacIntyre said, "There is a lot of excitement around it. There is a lot of intensity around it. So I think it pushes your team knowing that they are getting ready for that game."
"While I understand the concerns of my colleagues that have been expressed -- we've heard some doomsday and some threats over the last week," Scott said. "I am very confident and optimistic about where college sports is going and some of the recent reforms that we are seeing."
"I think they were just kind of programmatically better," Oregon coach Mark Helfrich said when asked about the Buffs. Helfrich served as Colorado's offensive coordinator for three seasons under former CU coach Dan Hawkins.
"I love his approach," Scott said of George.
"I think he comes with a unique vantage point and a very positive one and he's got a real genuine and passionate connection to Colorado given his roots. But his experience in a variety of professional sports and dealing in a world of media marketing is a really good fit for Colorado, especially at this point in time where there needs to be a transformative agenda. You need some bold and progressive thinking to be competitive with the other Pac-12 schools and have Colorado reach its full potential."
Some traditional uniforms are timeless, while others tend to look dated as the years roll by. Forever associated with Kordell Stewart's Hail Mary in the Big House, Colorado's uniforms are the latter. They're better than the last set, however.
However, five straight losses to USC, UCLA, Washington, Arizona and Oregon have folks questioning if five wins can be considered successful should the team end the year with six straight defeats. But those questions are for naught as Colorado beats Utah to finish 6-6. A bowl victory follows, of course, and Colorado officially exits the conference cellar.
Gemmell: I asked Colorado defensive end Juda Parker, of the 10 returning quarterbacks which one does he most want to sack. He responded with this gem: "The one I WILL sack is Oregon's Marcus Mariota. He's my classmate and we went to high school together. I'm looking forward to it. I'll probably give him an extra nudge and say, ‘We'll talk about this after the game.'"
12. Colorado (Stars: RB Michael Adkins II, G Daniel Munyer, WR Nelson Spruce) The Buffaloes are coming along on offense, but they still don't quite stack up to the rest of the conference. They have some talent and experience all across the board and the key to taking the next step forward is if sophomore quarterback Sefo Liufau can improve off his promising freshman season.
CU football: Buffs' video department wins Heartland Emmy - Buffzone - Good story on Seasons and the CU video department
Inaugural Polynesian award watch list revealed - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN - Tupou and Liufau included
Considering its long history of Polynesian influence, it should come as no surprise that the Pac-12 led the way with 15 players named to the preseason watch list for the inaugural Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award. Headlining the list is Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, USC safety Su'a Cravens, Oregon State center Isaac Seumalo, Washington linebacker Hau'oli Kikaha and BYU linebacker Alani Fua.
10. Colorado (Addison Gillam, Woodson Greer, Kenneth Olugbode, Brady Daigh) Colorado and Arizona are very similar. Gillam is a stud sophomore and the rest of the group has some experience, but has yet to prove itself well.
Submitted my ballot late last week for the Pac-12 preseason media poll. Results will be announced at the league’s media event Wednesday and Thursday in Los Angeles. (Yes, it’s a two-day event this year, with six teams each day.)
"For me, I thought it was a very good rookie season -- as a rookie," Bakhtiari told Sports Illustrated. "If I look at myself like a rookie, hell of a season. As a player, I thought I had a good, decent year. But I'm always harsh on myself. I don't care if I was a rookie or not. Now, I'm not a rookie anymore. No one's going to keep that tag on me.
Let's watch Spencer Dinwiddie work out - Detroit Bad Boys - This is super cool
While the video above doesn't show anything extraordinary, it's still encouraging to see him on the court -- and looking healthy, to this untrained eye. It's also cool to see him embracing novel forms of rehabilitation and training -- something tells me he's going to like working with Detroit's support staff.
"That ain’t nothing but money," he said in Orlando recently. "Money can be made. So that’s not my focus. I think I landed in the perfect situation for me. I get to rehab with one of the best in the business (in Pistons strength and conditioning coach Arnie Kander).